We thought we knew this place, but actually we hadn't been back for a while. In its former guise, it was a lovely spot from which we could enjoy the view and the sunshine, especially in the winter months. We brought my husband's sister this time, telling her what a treat it would be. We were very disappointed. We had intended to have a drink then order a lunch later. Three teas were ordered costing £1:60 each. They were not served from a teapot; the cups were large, but only half filled, ensuring that the liquid was rapidly cooling on its way out to our table. The water was scummy and the strings from the tea bags trailed over the sides. Presentation is obviously not a high point. The milk came in a tiny bottle and, when it was added to the cup, the temperature of the tea became little more than tepid. We decided to abandon the idea of lunch, especially as the menu seemed to be rather expensive and we didn't fancy paying a lot if the food was to match the poor quality of the tea.
Making tea is not difficult. It simply requires care and a desire to make a good cup of tea. If you are serving it outside, it needs extra care. This is Swanage. It is an English, seaside resort. You have a duty to provide a good cup of tea.
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